They may have been coming into the Champions Trophy as the Number One ranked team in ODI cricket but a series loss to England wasn’t perfect preparation for the South Africans. AB De Villiers’ men are also third favourites to take the trophy but will need a confidence boosting win in Saturday’s opener.
Sri Lanka, like other teams have been playing warm up matches and started with a high scoring defeat against Australia but the bookmakers aren’t expecting too much from them in this Group B tie.
South Africa start here as very short favourites with odds of 1.30 on offer from Bet365 and Betfair, leaving Sri Lanka as an outside option at 3.75 with Betway. It’s hard to back the South Africans with too much confidence after that recent series, even if they did win the final game with ease, but they should perform well here against a weaker team who will be less suited to the English conditions.
The Sri Lankans can always be dangerous but they haven’t looked quite as threatening since the retirement of top players while Angelo Mathews looked less than fit at the IPL. It’s a South Africa win for us but that price of 1.33 is a little too short to be really interesting.
Match Odds Summary: South Africa 1.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Sri Lanka 3.75 (Betway)
For more value, you can consider the top batsman markets and for South Africa, there are joint favourites with Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock both listed at best odds of 4.33 with Bet365. AB De Villiers gives a little more value at a top price of 4.50 with Betfair and he is our tip for this game. We haven’t really seen the best of AB since he came back from injury but this tournament should change all that and we expect a big contribution here.
Other options for South Africa include Faf Du Plessis at 5.50 with Bet365 and David Miller, who can explode at the end of the innings, at an excellent 13.00 with Betfair.
For the Sri Lankans, Kusal Mendis starts as favourite at best odds of 4.50 with Bet365 while Angelo Mathews is at 5.50 with Bet365 and Betfair. Kusal Perera is also at 5.50 with Betfair while Dinesh Chandimal is our preference at a top price of 6.00 with Bet365.
He’s dangerous but inconsistent and that’s why Chandimal frequently drifts to a good value price such as this one.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: South Africa: Amla 4.33 (Bet365), De Kock 4.33 (Bet365), De Villiers 4.50 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Du Plessis 5.50 (Bet365), Miller 13.00 (Betfair).
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis 4.50 (Bet365), Mathews 5.50 (Bet365), Perera 5.50 (Betfair), Chandimal 6.00 (Bet365).
Other Side Bets
The century bet looks too short here at a best of 1.66 with Bet365 on an individual hundred being scored so we’ll look elsewhere for our final tip. The Powerplay market could be interesting with Sri Lanka a value option to be ahead at the end of the first 15 overs at 2.30 with Bet365 as opposed to South Africa’s 1.61 – also with Bet365.
But, for the final punt, we’ll take something a little bit longer and opt for AB De Villiers in the Man of the Match Betting. The South African skipper is available at a top price of 9.00 here with Betfair and we’re looking for something special which will get his team over the line and give us a profit at the same time.
Man of the Match Odds Summary: De Villiers 9.00 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Amla 10.00 (Betfair), De Kock 10.00 (Betfair), Mathews 17.00 (Bet365), Malinga 17.00 (Betfair), Kusal Mendis 17.00 (Bet365).
Sri Lanka can be dangerous but South Africa, after that morale boosting performance at Lord’s look well set to claim the points in Saturday’s fixture.